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Trump signs $484 billion hospital bill

By Andrew Taylor, Alan Fram and Kevin Freking Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed a $484 billion bill Friday to aid employers and hospitals under stress from the coronavirus pandemic that has killed more…

State Republicans join push to re-open Illinois economy

By John O'Connor AP Political Writer SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois House Republicans on are suggesting ways to slowly reopen businesses and relax restrictions on public interaction as the threat from COVID-19 potentially recedes.…

Tyson shutters Iowa pork plant amid coronavirus downturn

By Ryan J. Foley Associated Press IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Tyson Foods suspended operations Wednesday at an Iowa plant that is critical to the nation's pork supply but had been blamed for fueling a massive coronavirus outbreak in the…

Georgia ready to reopen some businesses this week

By Jeff Amy Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's governor announced plans Monday to restart the state's economy before the end of the week, saying many businesses that closed to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus could reopen…

Official: Virus dangerous for meatpackers

By Stephen Groves Associated Press SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Kulule Amosa's husband earns $17.70 an hour at a South Dakota pork plant doing a job so physically demanding it can only be performed in 30-minute increments. After each shift…

Stocks sink in wake of grim economic news

By Stan Chow, Alex Veiga and Damian J. Troise AP Business Writers NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks swung back down Wednesday after more signs piled up of the economic damage being caused by the coronavirus outbreak. Markets have been stuck…

Trump backs off on ‘total authority’ to re-open states

By Jill Colvin and Zeke Miller Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Tuesday he's open to some states "reopening" before federal social distancing guidelines expire at the end of month, as he appeared to back…

Comptroller: Illinois has spent $174M on COVID-19 response

By John O'Connor AP Political Writer SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois has paid $174 million for medicine and protective equipment to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the past month, according to data released Tuesday.  Comptroller…